Lycodonomorphus laevissimus

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Taxonavigation: Elapoidea 

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Megaclassis: Osteichthyes
Cladus: Sarcopterygii
Cladus: Rhipidistia
Cladus: Tetrapodomorpha
Cladus: Eotetrapodiformes
Cladus: Elpistostegalia
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Cladus: Reptiliomorpha
Cladus: Amniota
Classis: Reptilia
Cladus: Eureptilia
Cladus: Romeriida
Subclassis: Diapsida
Cladus: Sauria
Infraclassis: Lepidosauromorpha
Superordo: Lepidosauria
Ordo: Squamata
Subordo: Serpentes
Infraordo: Caenophidia
Superfamilia: Elapoidea

Familia: Lamprophiidae
Genus: Lycodonomorphus
Species: Lycodonomorphus laevissimus


Lycodonomorphus laevissimus (Günther, 1862)

  • Holotype: BMNH 1946.1.12.78 (formerly FPM R9 and BMNH 1861.11.7.23), ♂, collector and date unknown.
  • Type locality: “probably from East Indies” (in error), corrected to “South Africa” by FitzSimons (1962: 104).


  • Natrix laevissima Günther, 1862: 124 [original combination]
  • Neusterophis laevissimaGünther, 1863: 16 [subsequent combination]
  • Tropidonotus laevissimusBoulenger, 1893: 226 [subsequent combination]
  • Lycodonomorphus laevissimusLoveridge, 1953: 253 [subsequent combination]


  • Grayia lubrica Sclater, 1898: 109 [synonymised by FitzSimons (1962: 104)]
    • Holotype: SAM 2009, obtained by M. Watermeyer, date unknown.
    • Type locality: “Tsomo in the Transkei district of the eastern part of Cape Colony”.
  • Hydrablabes melanogaster Werner, 1923: 161 [synonymised by FitzSimons (1962: 104)]
    • Holotype: NMW 23437, ♂, collected by Kühn, date unknown.
    • Type locality: “Tenimber Inseln” (in error).
  • Lycodonomorphus laevissimus fitzsimonsi Raw, 1973: 715 [synonymised by Haagner & Branch (1994)]
    • Holotype: TM 21261, adult ♂, collector and date unknown.
    • Type locality: “Lothair, Ermelo District, south-eastern Transvaal”.
  • Lycodonomorphus laevissimus natalensis Raw, 1973: 715 [synonymised by Haagner & Branch (1994)]
    • Holotype: UM 27057, adult ♀, collected by L.R.G. Raw, date unknown.
    • Type locality: “Londen Stream, Hillary, Durban, Natal at an altitude of 65 metres above sea-level”.


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Vernacular names[edit]

English: Dusky-bellied Water Snake